Should I let my teenager get a job?
Thank you, Joanne, for this great question!
To answer it, I would like to share with you my early working experiences and what they taught me. I was 13 years old when I got my first job and babysat twins. It was the easiest job in the world. We had lots of fun and they taught me much about the power of laughter.
At 14, my second job was to coach a dozen of ping pong 9 to12 years old kids. Though it was a little challenging at time, I loved it. They taught me much about the importance of organization and group support.
At 16, my third job was to take a group of 25 teenagers from Paris to London. The ferry ride went fine, but lost 4 kids in London train. As a teenager myself, I thought I could control the world. Oh, did I learn a lesson that day. More importantly, how I need to improve my people skills and develop patience.
My fourth job, that same year, was to coach a couple of Para-Olympics ping pong players. They were eager to listen, learn, practice and worked harder than I asked from them. They taught me much about overcoming challenges, will and respect in life.
Years later, I finally realized how valuable those lessons were.
I hope you see in my answers the importance of experiencing life, as that is the way to learn and grow.